Mazda did almost give it away with the Mazda Takeri Concept Car previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Mazda6 stays true to a great extent with the concept but has subtle differences. The company’s new design language is ‘KODO-Soul of Motion’ seen on the Shinari Concept.
Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY takes its place in all variants. The engine line-up includes the SKYACTIV-D 2.2, a highly-efficient and powerful new-generation clean diesel engine and the gasoline SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 2.5 All models are equipped with i-stop, Mazda’s take on the stop start tech, and i-ELOOP, a new brake energy regeneration system. Both the sedan and the wagon featuring the clean diesel engine achieve the best fuel economy ratings (22.2km/L with the manual transmission )in their class, with the exception of hybrids.
The all-new Atenza also incorporates i-ACTIVSENSE, a series of advanced safety technologies designed to support safe driving. i-ACTIVSENSE uses cameras and millimeter-wave radars to detect obstacles and apply brakes to avoid collision, alert the driver when the car drifts out of lane and also stops the car from launching if the driver mistakenly steps on the accelerator instead of the brake. Mazda says the driver’s field of vision has been widened by moving the A-pillar rearward and positioning the tire house farther forward has allowed a natural pedal layout with no offset.
Mazda has priced the new Mazda6 between 2500000 and 3400000 Yen (around 30,000 to 42,000 USD) and expects to sell 1000 units a month, in Japan.